Have a peak at what bizarre foods other cultures can offer when it comes to getting your five a day.
Next time you take a bite out of your beans on toast, try to imagine eating it through a perspective of a person coming from a different background and culture. They may feel as odd as you would if you were to eat the following delicacies from around the globe:
Originated from the Philippines, Balut is a well known delicacy not for the faint hearted. A bird egg is incubated for 14-21 days until an embryo is developed. It is then boiled and served with salt.
When peeling a balut, it smells just like a hard boiled egg but definitely doesn’t look like one. When it is cracked open, you can see the corpse of a half developed chick, with its beak and wing soft and ready to eat.
Balut is low in fat, low in calories but high in protein.
Lactating cockroaches isn’t exactly what comes to my mind when I think of superfoods. Scientists recently found that Pacific roaches (diploptera punctate) give birth to live young as opposed to laying eggs.
They found ‘protein crystals’ around the mid section of the insect which is white and a similar consistency to milk. When tested, they found that this milk is loaded with fat, sugar, protein and amino acids. It’s also four times more nutritious than cow’s milk.
Cockroach milk is the most nutritious and highly caloric substance discovered so far. Does it mean we’ll pair it along our breakfast cereals in the morning? I’ll pass.
In Japan, bullfrogs are stabbed, skinned and gutted before being presented on a plate of lemon and salad. As the dish is served, the heart is still beating and the frog stares back at you with blinking eyes.
The country is well known for praising fresh food and this meal is on the extreme side. There is no jaw-dropping nutritional value about eating a live bullfrog apart from its freshness and beliefs to bringing a long, healthy life.
Videos of people eating this has gone viral on the internet with many animal right activists reporting the video for claims of animal cruelty.
Warning: video includes graphic content
4) Surströmming – Swedish for ‘sour herring’
Talking about virals, several Youtube videos of people attempting to eat this Swedish delicacy has surfaced the internet making it a well-known ‘bizarre’ food.
Surströmming is Baltic herring fish. It’s packaged in cans and only a small amount of salt is sprinkled on the fish which prevents it from rotting.
When canned, it continues to ferment and liquefy. Once it’s opened, a strong (almost transparent) acidic liquid surrounds the half rotten fish.
It is known to be the foulest smelling food on earth and advised to be eaten outside as the stench can stay in the house for days. It’s also banned from some airlines as it omits extreme gasses which has an explosive nature.
Surströmming is high in protein, low in calories and said to be good for the immune system. It claims to be one of the best food for bodybuilders but I doubt even the strongest deodorant cannot win against the stench of the mighty Swedish food.